The Nameless Day
by Sara Douglass
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
448 pages; ISBN: 0765303620
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
The Nameless Day
Tor, July 2004, $25.95, 448 pp.
Thomas Neville was born into one of the most powerful families in England during the reign of King Edward III. He spends his time fighting, drinking and wenching until his actions kill his mistress, her children and their unborn child. Remorseful and penitent, he turns his back on the secular world and joins the Dominican order of the Catholic Church. He goes to Rome to study, a pious and obsessed priest who is visited by the archangel Michael.
He is chosen to be the Select, the only priest who can throw the demons that walk the Earth into the Cleft, the entranceway to Hell. When he journeys to Nuremburg where the entranceway is located, demonic magic plants his seed in a woman name Megie and gets her pregnant. When he learns that a book of incarnations that will send the demons back into the pit is in England, he joins the Black Prince and other English nobles he once called friend. With them is the woman who is carrying his child, a person he refuses to acknowledge for fear she carries a demon taint. The demons show themselves to England’s nobles so that when Thomas tells them his story, they believe him. Thomas doesn’t know who to trust because the demons can shapeshift into the image of anyone. The final confrontation is coming with Thomas’s soul as the battleground.
THE NAMELESS DAY is a fantastic historical fantasy that takes place on an Earth almost similar to our own in the middle ages. The protagonist is a man possessed by the need to atone for his sin, a man torn between the religious and the secular world. Sara Douglass makes the reader believe that the events in this book took place, and the audience will wait breathlessly for the next book in The Crucible series as Thomas continues to search for the book of spells. This haunting and memorable work is a definite keeper; a novel that will appeal to lovers of horror, fantasy romance and history.
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